Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Houston Physician Closes Practice

Last month, we shared the story of a La Porte physician who was forced to close his practice due to increasing regulatory burdens and Medicare payment uncertainty. Unfortunately, he’s not alone. ABC 13 News in Houston brings you the story of yet another physician forced to retire.

Dwindling Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance payments left the practice of Robert McWilliams, MD, surviving on his savings. “I haven’t paid myself a salary since October 2010,” he told ABC 13’s Christi Myers. “That’s the last time I took a dime home from my 40-year practice.”

With the promise of more red tape and bureaucracy after the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Dr. McWilliams decided enough was enough. “It's going to be run by bureaucrats, and it's going to be run by politicians who have no idea what is in your best interest; then I'm getting out."

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) says new federal regulations and mandates are bombarding physician practices seemingly every day. And, frustrated physicians are dropping out of the program; last year only 58 percent of Texas physicians accepted all new Medicare patients, down from 78 percent in 2000. Read more about TMA's concerns and recommendations.

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